Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers parts with Nittany Lions following investigation
According to an official statement released by the school on Wednesday, Penn State Nittany Lions head basketball coach Pat Chambers has formally resigned from his role at the program. Such a move comes after an investigation prompted by Penn State into several allegations of inappropriate conduct against Chambers.
The latest allegations surrounding Chambers stem from a report from The Undefeated from back in July, one that saw Rasir Bolton state that he decided to transfer away from Penn State due to the fact that Chambers previously made a reference to a noose around Bolton’s neck. Bolton transferred from Penn State to Iowa State during the summer of 2019.
“I am so proud of all our program has accomplished these past nine years, and I will be forever grateful to the Penn State community for its ongoing support,” Chambers said in his statement, via ESPN. “Anyone who has ever coached — especially at this level — knows the exceptional amount of energy and focus it takes to deliver each and every day. This has been an incredibly difficult year for me and my family, and we are in need of a break to re-set and chart our path forward. So, I’m taking a step back to prepare myself for the next 20 years.”
Chambers had served as Penn State’s head basketball coach since 2011 while most notably leading the Nittany Lions to a 26-win season in 2018-19. Chambers’ team was set to reach the 2020 NCAA Tournament prior to the coronavirus pandemic, which would have served as the school’s first appearance in the Big Dance since 2011 and just its fifth since 1965.